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Old 04-07-2019, 08:05 AM   #1
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Working On Slate/terra-cotta


Hey Fellas,

I am interested in talking about methods for working on slate or terra-cotta roofing.

We have been very lucky with reaching repair areas without needing to step foot on fragile roofs.

This weekend we looked at a few chimneys that I would like to take on, but cannot tear up the yard with a lift/machine. Both Chimneys are on old slate.

I know some guys are great at walking fragile roofs, but the risk is far from the reward in this one.

I am open to hearing any and all methods. Crazy or not!


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Old 04-07-2019, 09:54 AM   #2
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You can walk up slate on a roof ladder, but if you are doing a lot of work on the chimney I would set up a scaffold.

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Unfortunately both chimneys are in the middle of the roof. We have gotten away with scaffolding and machines at this point.

Will hook ladders do the trick?


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Hook ladders will work, and special chimney scaffs are usefull.
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I do it with ultimate ridge hooks and the chimney scaffold brackets from lynn ladder company. I put sheets of 2" high density extruded foam beneath the ridge hook lumber to spread / cushion the weight. Will try to get connections to those tools posted.
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Better yet, a video.

One down,one to go. Chimney scaffolding next.

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Chimney scaffolding


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Here is a bad shot of chimney scaffold in action

Chimney through the middle of the roof




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Looks like a fine photo to me! I am in south west PA. If anyone has any suggestions on who to get the chimney scaffolding and hook ladders from, I am all about new suggestions. We often go to Bon Tool. Itís not too far.


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I just keep driving...
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I just keep driving...

Comedy or wisdom. Why not both?


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You can Saw two older frames(even brand new ones,to save 100s of $ in time) to match the roof pitch then make or buy some pivoting baseplates to screw to the sleepers.

Or purchase several sets of System scaffolding "monkey" fist clamps to make the necessary angled frame from scaffold sized piping.

Make sure the service tower is built to take all the side thrust of the sloped dunnage/sleepers, and all pins are installed in all connections(nipples).

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